Earley, Dr. Sinead

Dr. Sinead Earley
PhD (Queens University), MA (National University of Ireland - Galway), BA (University of British Columbia) Assistant Professor
Email: Phone:
Room 10-3062
  • Prince George


I work at the intersection of environment and policy, primarily in the Canadian context. My research interests span the social and physical sciences, taking a critical approach to resource management, climate change, environmental policy, and (neo)colonial systems of governance. Teaching interests parallel my research activities, and in the classroom I stress the importance of publicly engaged education and experiential/service learning.

My current major research projects focus on:

  1. a just transition for forestry-dependent communities in the Interior of British Columbia;
  2. energy infrastructure, environmental remediation, and Indigenous governance in the Canadian North; and
  3. pipelines, environmental policy, and procedural justice in Western Canada.

I welcome graduate students interested in working in any of these particular areas.

My approach is highly interdisciplinary, integrating ideas from critical resource geographies, environmental justice, political ecology, postcolonial studies, geopolitics, and environmental law. In general, I aim to contribute to critical and timely scholarship that fosters socially just economies, progressive environmental policies, and practical solutions in a low-carbon society. I grew up in the Interior of British Columbia at the ‘meeting of the waters’ (T’Kemlúps/Kamloops) and my approach to environment and sustainability starts with self-acknowledgement as a settler-ally from Secwépemc territory.

Research and Expertise

  • Questions of access, control, (de)colonization, and social responsibility in natural resource management
  • Hydrocarbon histories, environmental remediation, and Indigenous governance in the Canadian North
  • Intersections of neoliberalism and environmental change
  • Energy transitions and low-carbon economies
  • Environmental justice and the efficacy of procedural policy tools
  • Critical resource geographies and the politics of scale
  • Participatory historical-geography and community-based research (CBR)
  • Co-production, shared authorship, collective efforts, and student leadership in research design and implementation

Research Fields:
  • Biodiversity/Ecology
  • Business
  • Climate Change
  • Community
  • Culture
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Ethics
  • First Nations
  • Forestry
  • Geography
  • History
  • Natural Resources
  • Northern Issues
  • Sustainability
Areas of Expertise:

environmental policy, forest management and governance, energy and carbon management, procedural justice, environmental assessment, Indigenous governance, rightsholder/stakeholder relations, resource geographies, Northern and Western Canada

Languages Spoken:
  • English
Available to supervise graduate students
Supervises in:
  • MA NRES Environmental Studies
Available to be contacted by the media as a subject matter expert